Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Revenge is a dish best served Coulter

Surely there are few things sweeter in life than watching Ann Coulter get the smackdown from CBC's Bob McKeown. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

To be much, much fairer to Coulter than she deserves however, Canada can not be said to have been entirely neutral in the Vietnam War. Canadian bases were used for training exercises and testing of weapons including Agent Orange, we sold an estimated $300-million of arms and ammunitions to the States every year of the war according to Charles Taylor's book Snow Job, and there are even some rumours about Canadian negotiators spying for the Americans at the beginning of the war with the knowledge of the Pearson government. [Here's an okay Wiki entry.] Compare this support to, say, how the U.S. supported Britain in World War II before Pearl Harbour.

In addition, some estimate that as many as 40,000 Canadians defied the Foreign Enlistment Act and crossed the border to enlist with the Americans to go fight in Vietnam, including one Medal of Honor recipient. That's roughly equal to the number of American draft dodgers who came to Canada during the Vietnam War. There's a memorial in Windsor, Ont. honouring Canadians who died in the Vietnam War and veterans have fought unsuccessfully to be included in Canada's Remembrance Day ceremonies for years...

Which isn't to say that McKeown isn't completely correct and Coulter completely wrong: Canada did not send troops to Vietnam. Na na na na na.

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